A US grand jury has voted not to indict a white police officer who fatally shot an African American boy last year.
The Franklin County grand jury ruled Friday that officer Bryan Mason, who shot dead Tyre King, 13, on September 14, was not guilty.
Mason shot the teen after King pulled a BB gun that looked like a real firearm during a foot pursuit over a reported robbery by the boy.
According to a county coroner, Tyre died of gunshot wounds to the head and torso and that the manner of death was considered homicide.
Family attorney Sean Walton said Tyre was not posing a threat to police as the conclusion of the investigation shows he was running away from the office, given the results which indicate he was shot on the left side.
The Columbus City Council issued a statement Friday that said, “Today’s grand jury decision is a sad and unfortunate reminder that a child has died in our community.”
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien released a statement…